1. The provincial guidelines on progression in Grades R-8 could have been amended or supplemented since 2007. Northern Cape for example, issued a comprehensive set of guidelines on 10 November 2008 per Circular 117/2008 which schools in that province were expected to implement.
2. Policy documents are sometimes amended and if such amendments are not filed together with the original document, the latter document can at a later stage cause confusion or even incorrect practice. Example: The promotion requirements for Grades 10-12 were initially announced in the policy document The National Senior Certificate: A Qualification at Level 4 on the NQF (Government Gazette No. 29851). These included a 30% requirement for the 1st Additional Language, 30% for Mathematical Literacy or Mathematics, and 40% for Life Orientation. However, these requirements were in 2007 amended by a notice in Government Gazette No. 29851 of April 2007 to those as summarised in the table below.
| GRADES R-8
| GRADE 9
| GRADES 10-12 |
| Progression: No pass requirements. Learners move from grade to grade with their age cohort. A learner, whose performance is so poor that he/she would benefit from being retained for a year, can be retained for one year per phase. This does not need to be at the end of the phase. There must be evidence of an intervention as an attempt to support the learner. Parents must be informed timeously. Professional discretion must be used to make the final decision.
Some provincial departments provide guidelines to assist schools with the management of progression, e.g.:
Gauteng: A learner can be considered for retention if he/she has achieved a 2 or less in more than half of the learning areas.
Free State: A learner can be considered for retention if he/she in
Grd R-3: achieves a 1 in two of the three programmes;
Grd 4-6: achieves 1’s in more than one fundamental learning area and in more than four of the other learning areas;
Grd 7-8: achieves 1 in more than any four learning areas.
| Learner must comply with minimum requirements in order to be promoted to Gr. 10:
§ 3 in one Language
§ 3 in Mathematics
§ 2 in other Language
§ 3’s in 4 other LA’s
One of the following:
§ 2 in Language
§ 2 in Mathematics
§ 2 in one of the four LA’s in which the learner should have obtained 3’s
| For the ordinary National Senior Certificate (main stream): |
§ 3’s in three subjects of which one must be an Official Language at Home Language Level
§ 2’s in three other subjects
§ In seventh subject at least a complete portfolio of evidence of the school based assessment (CASS)
For the National Senior Certificate for learners with special needs:
§ 2’s in five subjects, of which one must be an Official Language at 1st Additional Language Level
§ In sixth subject at least a complete portfolio of evidence of the school based assessment (CASS)